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Looking for a reliable source of news Australia? We have the breakdown of the best newsrooms.

Looking for a reliable source of news Australia? We have the breakdown of the best newsrooms.

What’s the best Australian news website? 

  1. ABC
  2. The Australian
  3. News.com.au
  4. Nine.com.au

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 

Having been around since 1932, the ABC is certainly the longest-standing outlet in Australia. From their beginning with just a single radio station to their current multi-platform operation, the world-renowned and has even stretched across the aisle to produce some original fictional work such as Glitch, Frayed, Janet King, Rake and the beloved Bananas in Pyjamas – to name just a few. 

The Australian

Since 1964, The Australian and The Australian Saturday Edition has been printed on broadsheet has filled homes with the latest headlines and opinions. These days, Aussies head to The Australian’s news website for the latest on local, global, business, sports and art news. 

9News

Nine has been delivering news to Australian homes since 1956. The national news network has a daily broadcast at 6 pm, owned-and-operated channels in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. National bulletins also air on weekday mornings and weekend afternoons and a hugely popular news website that gets in the region of 2.5 million organic visitors each month, in Australia alone. 

10 Best News Apps Australia

The best news app will likely always come down to the device and operating system of choice for the user. 

Android News Apps

The top app for Android users is Google News, followed quickly by ABC NEWS. 

  1. Google News
  2. 9News
  3. ABC News 
  4. Microsoft News
  5. News.com.au
  6. BBC News
  7. The Guardian
  8. Australia Breaking
  9. Sky News
  10. Flipboard

Apple News Apps

Apple’s own app is hugely popular in Australia. Here are some other apps worth taking a look at: 

  1. Apple News
  2. The Guardian
  3. 9News
  4. The Sydney Morning Herald
  5. ABC
  6. The Australian
  7. The New York Times
  8. The Age
  9. News.com.au
  10. BBC News

Tips for spotting fake news

“70% of Facebook users only read the headline of science stories before commenting.” –

With the prevalence of fake news and viral social media snippets amidst the rise of the ‘click and share consumer’ who rarely verifies information, it’s more important than ever to be able to spot fake news and verify news sources. 

Verify the credibility of the source.

Interesting headline? Catchy caption? Great – head off to the website and make sure that you can verify that the source is both reliable and credible. 

  • Does the domain look correct? 
  • Does the author look legitimate? 
  • Is there information available about the publication and contact details that work? 
  • Does the website have a security and privacy policy?

Is the information in the article substantiated? 

  • Were credible sources quoted or cited? 
  • Are you able to verify any of the cited sources?
  • When was the article published? Does the timeline match the stats or information? 

What is the quality of the article? 

  • How well written is the article? 
  • Are their typos or spelling errors? 

How to report fake news

Most platforms have a procedure which allows consumers to report fake news. Here are some of the popular ways of reporting fake news:

  1. Facebook offers a simple 4 step process
  2. You can report fake news on Instagram
  3. Whatsapp is working to stop the spread of fake news
  4. StopFake.org works to highlight commonly shared fake news.
  5. Report it with Google

Viral Fake News Stories

FactChecker.org is a nonpartisan non-profit organisation aimed at advocating for consumers, reducing deceptive political agendas in the US. Despite them being focused on the US, their fake news feed debunks some popular social media ‘sharables’. 

The Corona Virus outbreak stirred up many miracles cures and outlandish tales that make it hard to differentiate fact from fiction. The Guardian published a podcast explaining why we’re getting so much fake news from our parents around the spreading of COVID-19.  

Websites like the ABC, BBC, Buzzfeed and Wired also frequently publish breakdowns of fake articles that have gone viral in any given week. 

Take a look at some of them here: 

How do you verify your news? Contact us or talk to us on social media.

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